Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning monarch and has been on the throne for more than six decades now. She is 93 years old, but it’s a wonder that she’s still continuing with her job as the head of the British monarchy. 

While she’s doing an excellent job, it was revealed that this wasn’t the case at all when she was just starting her reign as Queen. She struggled in the beginning because she can’t cope with her duties, and she failed to keep up because her knowledge at that time was limited. 

When Princess Charlotte entered primary school last week, royal correspondent Chris Ship discussed about the education of the royals, and he mentioned that Queen Elizabeth felt “out of her depth” when she took over the reign from her father because she didn’t have a “wider education.” 

“She must have felt so out of her depth yet there she was as the Head of State, as the Queen.” Express quoted Ship as saying. “It must have been phenomenally difficult for her, particularly because she’d never been to school and never had that wider education that we perhaps now take for granted.”

Ship implied that Queen Elizabeth II didn’t get proper education, and this was why she had difficulties leading the state at the onset. Her Majesty didn’t go to school unlike most people. Instead, she underwent homeschooling.

Chris Smith, MA from Macquarie University, explained that Queen Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret, never attended school. And they didn’t have any form of official educational qualifications. 

When she succeeded her father, King George VI, in 1936, it was only then that she began to study law and constitutional history since she needed these to be able to do her job well. According to The Washington Post, she was taught by Henry Marten, the vice provost of Eton College. The Archbishop of Canterbury, on the other hand, was in charge of her lessons in religion. 

When Queen Elizabeth was having a hard time back then, she realized the importance of education, so she transformed the system for educating the royals. Her Majesty and her husband, Prince Philip, were determined to change the upbringing of the royal children, so they made sure to educate Prince Charles, their first child, outside of the Palace. 

In a bold move, they stayed away from the pattern that was established by their predecessors and enrolled Prince Charles in a school where he will be able to study in the company of boys his age. He was sent to school as early as possible.

Sending a royal child to school was something that was never done before, and Queen Elizabeth wants to correct this mistake made by her ancestors. “Queen Elizabeth II and her consort were above all concerned to learn from the mistakes made by Victoria and hers,” Anthony Holden wrote in his book titled “Charles, Prince Of Wales.”

Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth II attends a State Banquet at the Philharmonic Hall on the first day of a tour of Slovakia on October 23, 2008, in Bratislava, Slovakia. Chris Jackson/Getty Images